What If Breathing In Acetic Acid Can Cause Respiratory Problems?

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Tonight, I want to ask. Last Friday I had a practicum on campus and used acetic acid. and when I pour acetic acid, the smell stings into my nose and it happens 2 times. after practicum I can’t smell anything. and at night the part between my mouth and nose hurts to eat, swallows. when I was going to sleep my nose was blocked and tomorrow morning my nose was yellow and it was thick and not runny. during saturday I often sneeze and sneeze once can 5-7 times, can not smell anything and the top of my eyebrows ache, and can not sleep because of nasal congestion and this morning the snot returned yellow. and to this day my throat still hurts like inflammation, it’s hard to talk, eat, and swallow. can this be one of the effects of inhaling the smell of acetic acid? and if so, what should I do?

1 Answer:

Hello Anastasha,


Acetic acid or vinegar can be used for a variety of things both for daily consumption or also used in mixing chemicals and also health checks. Acetic acid itself is a chemical compound of organic acids that has a sour taste and a distinctive aroma to food. Concentrated acetic acid can cause health problems such as the skin that causes burns or irritation of the respiratory tract. If inhaled at a certain level at a certain time can cause irritation to the eyes, nose and throat to irritation in the respiratory tract.


However, acetic acid itself will be metabolized by the body and discharged by the body. Levels in the body itself only last for a short amount of time wherein 1-3 hours already more than half of the body is excreted. However, if post exposure to acetic acid causes symptoms of respiratory disorders should be examined directly on the doctor to determine the cause and further treatment because symptoms that arise may also be caused by other causes such as respiratory tract infections. Strive to be in the cool and open air and in the future to use personal protective equipment when it will contact with materials that can interfere with health one of them by using masks and eye protection.


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